School holiday trout stocking

Ahead of the school holidays, 'ready-to-catch' rainbow trout are stocked into lakes around Melbourne and regional centres.

The rainbow trout stocked are advanced yearlings and are suitable to be caught immediately. Rainbow trout are a good option for children or those trying fishing for the first time, because they are relatively easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures.

This stocking program aims to encourage families to go fishing, particularly during school holidays.

Anglers are reminded that a daily bag limit of five trout applies, of which only two can exceed 35 centimetres.

Fish stocking is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government's $46 million Target One Million plan, which aims to get more people fishing, more often.

School holiday family fishing waters

Water 1st Term (April)
2nd Term (July)
3rd Term (Sept)
Gone Fishing Day (14 Oct)
Albert Park Lake 1000 1000 1000 0
Alexandra Lake (Ararat) 0 300 300 0
Allans Flat Dredge Hole 375 375 375 500
Anderson Lake (Chiltern) * 300 400 0
Arboretum Dam (Euroa) * 400 400 0
Bannockburn Lagoon (Bannockburn) 0 300 300 0
Bartlett Lake (Tatura) * 100 100 0
Berwick Springs Estate Lake 500 500 500 0
Calembeen Lake (Creswick) 0 200 200 0
Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne)500500500750
Cato Lake (Stawell)03003000
Caulfield Racecourse Lake03003000
Cobden Lake (Cobden)2002002000
Coleraine Lagoon (Coleraine)03003000
Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo)3003003000
Darlingsford Lake (Melton)05005000
Don Lake (Healesville)04004000
Dunkeld Arboretum (Dunkeld)02002000
Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon)2000400020005000
Emerald Lake05005000
Esmond Lake (Ballarat)02502500
Ess Lagoon (Casterton)05005000
Felltimber Creek Wetlands (Wodonga)*4004000
Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald)03503500
Forest Lake (Kangaroo Flat)02002000
Fosters Dam (Glenrowan)*2002000
Garfield Lake (Garfield)002500
Glenlyon Dam (Glenlyon, Victoria)02002000
Glenrowan Recreational Reserve Lake (Glenrowan)02002000
Goldfields Reservoir (St Arnaud)02002000
Gold Course Dam (Longwood)*02000
Great Western Racing Recreation Reserve Lake (Great Western)002000
Guthridge Lake (Sale)02502500
Haddon Reservoir (Haddon)02002000
Hanging Rock Lake (Woodend)03003000
Hayfield Racecourse Lake (Heyfield)03003000
Hyland Lake (Churchill)750750750500
Jack Emmett Lagoon (Rupanyup)003500
Jubilee Lake (Daylesford)02002000
Jubilee Lake (Skipton)02002000
Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)2000 200020002000
Kennington Reservoir (Strathdale)05005000
Les Stone Park Lake (Wodonga)*02000
Lethbridge Lake (Lethbridge)03003000
Lilliput Lane Reserve (Pakenham)01001000
Lilydale Lake (Lilydale)7007007000
Lismore Golf Club Dam02002000
Marma Lake (Murtoa)03503500
Marysville Lake (Marysville)4504504500
Merriwa Park Lake (Wangaratta)02002000
Minyip Wetlands (Minyip)002000
Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake (Mooroopna)*1001000
Morwell Lake (Morwell)0750750 
Navan Park Lake (Melton)*500500 
Neanger Lake (Eaglehawk)03003000
Nhill Lake (Nhill)002000
Numurkah Lake02002000
Old Hamilton Reservoir (Hamilton)02002000
Pakenham Lake (Pakenham)5005005000
Pertobe Lake (Warrnambool)4504504500
Police Paddock Dams (Horsham)*3003000
Quarry Street Reserve Lake (Trentham)020000
Rowville Lakes (Rowville)400400550 
Roxburgh Park Lakes (Roxburgh Park)03753750
Saint Augustine's Water Hole (Geelong)07507500
Sambell Lake (Beechworth)3003003000
Simpson Recreation Reserve Lakes (Simpson)2002002000
Spavan Lake (Sunbury)4004004000
Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley)3503503500
Sumsion Gardens Lake (Wodonga)*3003000
Tchum Lake (Birchip)0100010000
Tea Tree Lake (Mortlake)*2002000
The Gong (Buninyong)02002000
Tom Thumb Lake (Eaglehawk)020000
Tronoh Dredge Hole (Harrietville)3003003000
Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Sandy Creek)5005005000
Victoria Lake (Shepparton)5005005000
Victoria Lakes (Ballarat)05005000
Walter J Smith Reserve (Riddles Creek)02001000
Yarrambat Lake (Yarrambat)700700700400

*Water unable to be stocked due to unforeseen circumstances, i.e. water levels low or too warm.